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A Statement from Motorcycle Cannonball
Written by Jason Sims   

Founder Lonnie Isam Jr.'s original vision for the Motorcycle Cannonball was to successfully traverse the country with a bunch of his friends along the back roads of America on antique motorcycles. That goal has never changed. Motorcycle Cannonball is a difficult and challenging endurance run that is supposed to be a rewarding ride that is all about man, machine and miles. Our mission statement is to pit man against machine, not man against man.

There are rules in place to keep everyone safe and ensure fair play and the governing body charged with that task is responsible for making tough decisions. In all cases, decisions are based on the covenants of those rules, which are issued to every competitor prior to the Grand Start and is reviewed during riders school prior to start. In addition, any changes to the rules are issued to participants.

I stand behind the decisions issued by the scoring crew. The scoring body deals with multiple infractions daily and the team deals with each on an individual basis and with the utmost integrity. As in all competitions, there are setbacks but the race does not end. The true spirit of the Cannonball will be at the heart of the Grand Finish tomorrow as we roll into Carlsbad, California with our heads held high for the accomplishments of each and every rider who took the green flag at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Jason Sims
Director of Operations
Motorcycle Cannonball

 
Stage 13 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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Dean
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Every time a Motorcycle Cannonball rider comes to a stop, folks come over to admire the bikes, ask questions and appreciate the ancient motorcycles that recall a simpler time in life. Riders turn into Cannonball ambassadors as they fill in the curious crowds on the details of the run as well as share information regarding their bikes. There's a sense of pride that comes with being a Motorcycle Cannonball rider and that pride is obvious every time they interact with the public. 

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Stage 12 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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Stage 11 Four Corners
Written by Felicia Morgan   

What started out as a soggy, crappy morning for the 58 brave souls who took the green flag turned out to be a nice ride through the scenic Navajo reservation. The desert comes alive after the heavy rains wash her clean and the Cannonball riders were treated to a display of Mother Nature at her best. Once they dried out a bit.

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Stage 11 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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Motorcycle Cannonball: Scrolling, Scrolling, Scrolling
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Stage 10 The Dreaded Wolf Creek Pass
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Tuesday morning started out with cooler temps and a sense of urgency as crews sent their riders off into the day with concerns for both man and machine. Promoters offered competitors an opportunity to "opt out" of the ride up to the dreaded Wolf Creek Pass by allowing them to put their bikes on a trailer in order to save their engines, but the offer would come with a loss of points for the miles the machines were trailered. For those with perfect scores, the proposal was not even considered. Out of the 60 riders that took the green flag, only 6 took advantage of the offer.

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Stage 10 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

The 1:15 minute finish window was extended to 1:30 because of significant time loss at two one lane road closures with wait times of over 15 minutes at each for some contestants.

Jim

 

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Stage 9 Don't Fear the Reaper...
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Monday morning was shrouded in a thick fog as riders gathered to start the day. The day off was timely, since everyone is tired. We wished we could have just one more day to rest our bones, and minds, but it seems that one way was plenty for some. Like Cole Deister. Cole is the flag man in the mornings and the funny guy showed up with the green flag tied to a scythe. He was decked out in a grim reaper outfit and, since his job is driver of the sweep bus, he's had a name change to accommodate the duds. Cole is now the Grim Sweeper. Several riders shunned him entirely, which is what those with perfect scores do naturally since a ride on the bus means sure death to their dream of winning the Cannonball. There are still 21 riders who have made every one of the 2,026 miles.

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Musings...
Written by Felicia Morgan   

I overheard a rider talking on the phone to loved ones back home. He mentioned that it's actually kind of lonely as he rides. I've been thinking about that, and he's right. There's a lot of time to crawl up inside yourself as you navigate the quiet back roads of this beautiful country of ours. Especially when you're doing it at 40-50 miles an hour.

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